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International Mobility Program - IMP

Some jobs do not require an LMIA and allow employers to hire temporary workers without an LMIA or an Open Work Permit. These jobs must be reciprocated between the two countries and can include athletes, education, co-op and cultural jobs. The International Mobility Program (IMP) lets an employer hire a temporary foreign worker without a Labour Market Impact Assessment.

IMP: International Mobility Program

In the International Mobility Program, you must apply for an Open Work Permit to work for any employer for a specified period of time. There are two types of Open Work Permits:

  1. Restricted Open Work Permit
  2. Unrestricted Open Work Permit

An open restricted permit may restrict the occupation or location but not the employer.

An open Work Permit under IMP can be issued to a foreign national only under one of the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exemptions.

A foreign national may apply for an Open Work Permit outside Canada, at a port of entry or after arrival to Canada, as per program requirements.

Indian Migration to Canada Up 50%

Indians who might once have wanted to move to the United States are increasingly looking at Canada for work and immigration opportunities. Over 39,600 Indian citizens obtained permanent ...

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Canada's Global Skills Strategy: 2 Years Strong!

Canada's Global Skills Strategy (GSS) was launched on June 12, 2017, to help Canadian employers attract top highly skilled global talent to work for their company, to help source ...

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How Can I Work in Canada Without A Work Permit?

Professionals who want to enter Canada may not need a work permit or LMIA if they qualify as a Professional under the NAFTA Business Visitor After Sales Service category R186(a). If ...

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How To Expedite Hiring High Wage Employees

How can we hire a highly specialized and senior new employee we want as quickly as possible? To hire a highly paid or highly skilled temporary foreign worker, in most cases you will ...

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Intra-Company Work Permits and Job Transfers to the U.S. and Canada

Canada has a strong job market and is actively recruiting educated skilled foreign workers to help build the economy and create jobs. Many companies want to move skilled foreign workers ...

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Caution: Why Canada Permanent Residents Should Become Citizens

Canada Permanent Residents who do not become citizens are not entitled to the same rights and privileges as citizens. Penalties for committing a crime in Canada for citizens are ...

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Are you qualified to move to Canada? Express Entry is Canada's skilled-worker immigration application process for high-skilled foreign workers and international students who ...

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When I decided to open a Canadian branch of Bright Solutions for Dyslexia, my CPA found two attorneys who could assist me. One was Evelyn Ackah. The other attorney was part of a very large, well-known law firm in Vancouver.

I spoke with both of them and chose Evelyn Ackah -- and I do not regret it.

Evelyn responds rapidly and personally, by phone or email -- even on weekends.

She explained my options in easy-to-understand layman's terms, she created everything I needed quickly, and she helped prepare me for the business immigration interview.

Everything went extremely well, and I was granted the maximum length work permit.

Evelyn Ackah's firm helped me complete that entire process within 2 months. It took the other large law firm more than 3 weeks just to schedule an initial phone call -- and I finally got their bill for that phone call AFTER I already had my work permit.

If you want fast, professional, and accurate legal service, I highly recommend Evelyn Ackah.

– Susan Barton, Founder Bright Solutions for Dyslexia

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